In Discipline and Punish, theorist Michel Foucault critiques the Panopticon, an 18th century, English prison-model in which the warden sits in the ‘cornea’ of a circular infrastructure, and is surrounded on 360 degrees by prisoners. In this short-lived model, questions arose as to who was truly imprisoned? Who was being watched? And who was responsible for looking? Here, the roles of power are subverted, and Foucault uses this as a metaphorical model for his heterophobia: the space of otherness trapped between the physical and imagined, outside of infrastructure and time, like a reflection in a mirror, or places that are imagined, historical or recollected.
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- Amir Fattal, Oystein Dahlstrom